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Each of your child’s teeth are specifically shaped and have unique characteristics so that your child can bite and chew their food for easier digestion. For example, the primary function of molars and premolars is to grind up and chew food, which is why these back teeth often have chewing surfaces that are full of deep pits and textures. Your child’s back teeth may benefit from receiving dental sealants if they are especially difficult to keep clean.

Because the chewing surfaces are often deeply textured, can often be difficult to clean with a toothbrush because they trap oral debris, and these bacterial deposits in the back teeth can lead to the development of large cavities. During your child’s dental checkups, our dentist can determine if the problem could be improved with the placement of dental sealants, which are applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Dental sealants form a thin yet durable layer of clear plastic that serves as a barrier to prevent bacteria from easily affecting the underlying tooth enamel.

Dr. Carla LaLande crafts dental sealants from clear or tooth-colored resin before painting them onto the chewing surfaces, usually at the end of your child’s dental checkup. It’s important that the tooth enamel is fully clean so that plaque and food particles can’t disrupt the placement of the sealants. These sealant are very durable, providing several years of protection for the biting surfaces of the back teeth.

If you are concerned about the status of your child’s back teeth, we invite you to contact Children's Dental Care & Orthodontics at 702-254-8858 to ask our dentist about dental sealants for children in Las Vegas, Nevada.